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It’s Not You, It’s Me: Why Law Firm Advertising Fails

By Jared Correia

Advertising for Law Firms. It’s not you, it’s me: Why law firm advertising fails.

Lawyers love lawyer advertising because it’s all about lawyers. The only problem is, this is what that looks like to the rest of the world:

Little Caesars “Smingleberry” from Harold Einstein on Vimeo.

Lawyers have been conditioned, from time immemorial, to believe that successful marketing means broadcasting superiority. You must have won more false awards, and higher verdicts, and would have established further contrived rankings.

To a point, it’s helpful to show that you’re good at what you do; but continually attempting to avenge yourself as best is necessarily a losing game. The perceived superiority of this one-ups-manshipper strategy leads to the creation of massively hyperbolic ads, like this one:

(I watch the Super Bowl so I can learn about new Doritos’ flavors, broseph.)

Lawyers are real worried about branded networks — as they should be — because branded networks have access to some major fundage, way more than you. And they can throw a lot of that money at advertising. The difference, however, between the branded networks and your average lawyer is that the networks waste far fewer of those dollars and then also better track their effectiveness.

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Jared Correia Jared Correia

Jared D. Correia is CEO of Red Cave Law Firm Consulting, which offers subscription-based law firm business management consulting services, and works with legal vendors to develop programming and content. Jared is also COO of Gideon Software, Inc., which offers intelligent messaging and predictive analytics software built exclusively for law firms. A former practicing attorney, Jared is the host of the Legal Toolkit podcast and speaks frequently at industry events. In addition to his Attorney at Work column, Managing, he writes an advice column for Lawyerist and on tech startups for Above the Law. Follow him @JaredCorreia.

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